Teresa Benison The Arrogance of Women

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The Arrogance of Women

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Eleanor Bycroft, tall and commanding, is a powerful and magnetic woman. Creative and driven, with a successful career in an art gallery, she attracts other strong and talented people. Her best friend, Jessica, nurses Eleanor through a tragic affair with a married man. Eleanor repays her by stealing away the one man she has wanted, Adam Mason, a brilliant chef who attempts to provide Eleanor with the stability she seems to crave. But Eleanor is also dangerously attracted to Simon Whitburn, a raw and unsophisticated painter who taps into the deep, violent side of the nature.

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from Chapter 1: Quick as a fish in the shallows, the knife darts. The flesh parts and the blood wells and Adam looks down to see his disembodied hands, one grasping her writs, the other twisting the tap. The water gushes. It is streaked with blood - tabasco, cochineal, Cabernet Sauvignon. Images such as this proliferate like cancer. He might take a filleting knife to his memory, except he lacks the expertise to work on living flesh. He is a chef, not a surgeon. There must be other cures. Fresh air and exercise. Up on the headland, looking out to sea, he clenches his hands as the memories cascade: a caress, a threat, her nails scraping his scrotum. Moonlight strikes the water like a blade, and the air is sharp with the cold. He turns up his collar and hunches his shoulders. Curiosity tugs at him, overriding caution. He steps closer to the edge. He has always been scared of heights. She also suffered an irrational fear - not of heights, but of the dark. Face the fear... He smells salt on the air and beneath his feet, the grass is stiff with frost. He takes another step forward. He has a dizzying sense of the landmass splitting away into the sea. Despite the cold, he has begun to perspire. His fear drags him forward. So easy to take just one more step. A single stride, the body of a man shattered on the rocks, bones eroded by salt, bleached by the sun, winking like cockleshells against the black boulders. And hair - strands like weed clinging to the cracks and crevices, rising and sinking with the tide. He rocks forward, but holds his ground. The landscape is secure. Behind him the houses of Polruan scramble back along the hillside. The press of their presence is reassuring. He begins to relax. Too soon. The pressure increases, but no longer reassures. Push me, pull me. He is compelled closer to the edge. He must concentrate. Polruan on this side of the river, Fowey on the other. The river widens and the estuary spreads its arms to embrace the sea. The river spills into the sea. When the tide turns, the sea will spill into the river. Nothing is forever. Nothing is what it seems... "Pain defines." Her voice rouses him. It is the distant knell of a church that has long since slithered into the sea. He struggles to focus and the words, though still remote, become clear. He hears the eagerness of her tone. She needs him to understand; it is important to her that he grasp her meaning. "Pain sharpens the world, gives it back its edge. Listen Adam, please. It marks the line between here and now, you and me." She moves closer and her breath stirs the hair on his nape. "Like a paper shape," her phantom fingers reach past him, snipping at the air. "A paper dolly cut from a picture book." Her fingers continue to scissor between him and the mercury sea... He turns away from the sea and starts back to the cottage. The path is dark and he trips on hard tussocks of frosted grass. He turns his ankle on a rock. He is a city boy - Northampton, London, Bury St. Edmunds. For a moment he cannot imagine what he's doing here, at the end of the world... Last November he'd woken suddenly from a bad dream. The details fled on waking but the sense remained. He had dreamt of her. He recognised her voice, the shadow-puppet play of her body on the screen of his sleep. That much was vivid and intimate but the puppet had no face. At first, panic had paralysed him. It was as if he'd forgotten his own features. It wasn't possible. In a healthy individual the brain doesn't lose information, it's all there somewhere - the line of her nose, the shade of her eyes, the jut of her chin. He has only to access that information. Lying in the dark, he punches and pummels his memory. Recalling snippets of conversation, he tries to see her face as she speaks. He remembers their lovemaking - intense, terrifying, and faceless... He came here last November. Because of the dream...He'd taken a flat in a white stuccoed house high on the Esplanade..He woke late. Opening the curtains on the sun-winking sea, he was immediately enraptured. She had experienced this on her first morning, he was sure of it. He felt her beside him, laughing, stretching her arms and splaying her long fingers to the sun. Light, not darkness, is her element. Coming here had been the right move. To rediscover a person one should visit the places that matter to them. It is working already. He feels it now, as he sits in the bay of the window sipping coffee and watching the shifting light. How she must have loved it, the constantly changing colours and textures of the river as it moved from grey to blue, to silver and green in a dazzling catwalk array... Twice she'd fled to Fowey...He should have followed her. Had that been his first mistake, or was there an earlier point at which he might have changed the course of things?. ...He piles the vanguard of his belongings in the centre of the room. He hasn't thought ahead. He should have ordered fuel for the fire. At least he's brought some candles. He lines them up along the edge of the slate hearth. At the rasp and flare of the match the memories start like pheasants rising from a thicket. He sets match to wick, moving from right to left. Bunching up his sleeping bag to make a cushion he pulls a blanket round his shoulders and sits cross-legged to watch the candles burn. His eyes blur with tiredness. His skin is stretched and tight. He blinks and sees her hand reaching towards the candles. Like a gaunt bird it hovers, then settles. The pads of her fingers almost touch the flame. Her flesh glows orange and rose, sunlight through blossom. He grabs her wrist, pulling her hand away - and she laughs like a child as the blister forms.

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The portrait of someone torn between sado-masochism and normal love is intriguing and the denouement surpassingly life-enhancing" - Sunday Times "Startling...in a word, magnificent" - Cambridge Insider -- Sunday Times

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